Weather

Seasonal Troubles
8:40 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp

Credit http://www.fws.gov/

Summer is just about here,  and in many of the nation’s national parks, that means forest fires.  Here in Virginia, it may also bring a different kind of blaze - one that threatens a vast wetland and wildlife refuge near Norfolk. 

After losing thousands of acres in years past, experts have come up with a plan for saving the Great Dismal Swamp.  

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Snow Storm Preparations
8:46 am
Wed February 12, 2014

State of Emergency: What Does It Mean?

The season’s first major snow storm is well on its way and as a result, Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency. 

A state of emergency means that state agencies are at the ready to assist local governments, and provide a quick response wherever and whenever they are needed in the state.

State agencies include the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation and the Virginia National Guard, just to name a few. It also means electric, phone and cable utility companies are standing by to assist with any and all outages.

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Expect Cancellations
4:53 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Airports Prepare for Winter Storm

Sandy Hausman reports.

Airports around the Commonwealth are preparing for snow and pledging to keep their runways clean, but flights are already being canceled for reasons beyond control.

Charlottesville’s airport sees 40-50 flights a day, and spokesman Jason Burch says it’s no problem to keep the runway open.  A team of about 30 people has been planning for winter weather since July.

“As soon as we start to see a forecast with a lot of accumulation, we’ll begin to activate the snow team.  We’ve got a lot of equipment out here to make sure that runway and taxiway stay open.”

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Kevin Myatt's Weather Journal
11:57 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Digging Out

Virginia State Police emergency dispatch centers have already fielded more than 6,000 calls for service since late Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin Myatt, who writes the Weather Journal for the Roanoke Times, tells us what to expect in the coming days.

Many airline flights are grounded, so sure to check with your  airline for the latest information.  There are also rapidly changing mass transit schedules, so check also with companies.
 

Airport Links

Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport

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Virginia Tech Storm Chasers
6:13 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Mystery of Tornados and the Search for Answers

Hokie Storm Chasers

Large killer tornados, like that which hit Moore Oklahoma on Monday, bring the awe inspiring weather phenomena to the fore of conversation.

The United States has about 12-hundred tornados a year, more than any other place on the planet, and scientists have defined conditions like “horizontal vortices”, “mesocyclones” and wall clouds. Yet, while the signs and symptoms of the storms are better understood, the exact cause remains elusive.

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